FARNBOROUGH: Air Austral orders two 777-200LRs

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Reunion-based Air Austral has ordered two additional Boeing 777-200LRs for delivery in mid-2011 and 2012.

The aircraft were previously listed on Boeing's order books next to an unidentified customer.

Air Austral already operates three 777-200ERs and two 777-300ERs. "The 777-200LR is the only widebody airplane that can fly non-stop to Paris with a full payload from our short runway on the island of Mayotte," says Air Austral chief executive Gerard Etheve.